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[novel] Ready Player One
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the_edjucator wrote in reference_room
Ready Player One
By Ernest Cline

Summary

The future's pretty bleak with everything short of a nuclear fallout happening.  The only thing to help distract everyone is a virtual reality called the OASIS.  When one of the co-founders dies he leaves a cryptic message behind leading people to the first of many clues to uncovering an Easter Egg within the OASIS game.  The reward is the inheritance of millions of dollars and tons of perks an average person would love to get their hands on.  The clues seem impossible to unwind unless you're fluent in 80s pop culture.  When Wade Watts stumbles across the first clue he is suddenly sitting at center stage with the whole world watching him.  Can he find the Egg before someone else or the OASIS company's rival company does?

Review

Awesome.  This book was so much fun to read.  Even if you don't know much about video games or gamer culture, what little you know of the 80s makes up for it by the truckload.  I had a blast reading this thing and absolutely loved the characters in it.  I kind of wish he'd write another but I felt very satisfied with the ending.  Totally pick up this book if you see it!

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